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LAPD has 'strong leads' in North Hollywood synagogue shooting

October 30, 2009 | 10:51 am

Los Angeles Police Department detectives said today they have "strong leads" in the shooting that left two people wounded Thursday morning at a North Hollywood synagogue.

Detective Rich Wheeler says federal authorities are using high-tech equipment to enhance and clarify grainy video footage obtained from the parking garage at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox synagogue where the two men were shot as they arrived for a morning service. The footage shows the gunman, officials said.

After determining that the attack wasn't a hate crime and ruling out terrorism, detectives are now focusing on other motives, Wheeler said.

"We are working on some information but I am not prepared at this stage to share that," he said.

Wheeler said detectives may also reinterview the two men shot during the confrontation Thursday. Maor Ben-Nissan, 38, and Allen Lasry, 38, were shot in the leg as they arrived for a prayer service around 6:20 a.m.

Several law enforcement sources told The Times that investigators were exploring whether the shooting was related to a business or personal dispute. The sources said detectives believe that one of the victims was the target and that the second victim may have been shot because he witnessed the attack.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Community volunteer Zvika Brenner, center, speaks with an LAPD officer near the scene of the shooting at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox synagogue in North Hollywood on Thursday. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles TImes

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